I use them on a couple rifles just to get an idea of which way the wind is moving at the muzzle but it seems like more valuable information, unless its gail force at the muzzle and not down range, is what's happening as the pellet travels down range.
Lifting the Reset String to see how its bowing in the wind or lifting it up and taught/straight, then letting it go to see how far it lands in a given direction...as well as watching the grass, plants etc. along the way to the target...
What about you? Do you rely heavily on your gun mounted windicator, if so, what are you using, fishing line with feather, yarn, surveyor's tape, mylar strips, etc.?
I usually speed dial the local weather man..................
June 7 2011, 1:36 PM
to find out what speed the wind is blowing and in what direction. Then I take out my compass to see what direction the target is in. Then add the necessary kentucky windage and squeeze the trigger. If I have a good number the target has a 75% chance of falling. Now! No more trade secrets for you! Well maybe one more! Once in a while if I'm really confused I will drift off in to the bushes to relief myself. I try to go in the same direction the target is at and observe the direction my stream is blowing. If all of a sudden I realise its blowing at me I back peddle like heck. Always remember that a old dogs stream will drift more than a young dogs so besure to take that into your calculations and don't get you gun caught in your fly reeling it in or you won't give a darn which direction the wind is blowing!!!
I like to use one. I think it helps with general wind direction
June 7 2011, 6:58 PM
I use the recording tape in those mini casettes. It is very responsive to wind direction and intensity. i put it on a large zip tie that i put on my scope.
there are various opinions on what is most important. the wind at the muzzle or the wind down range. I figure that it is very difficult to read wind down range so mostly i rely on wind at the muzzle. By the time you lift and drop the string and then sight the target and break the shot the wind will change multiple times. It is easy to detect these changes with my open left eye because i have the wind indicator on the left of my gun. Of course terrain features downrange can have a big effect on the wind direction and create wind eddies and such. Hard to read that.
In my opinion yes they are!! The general consensus seems to be that...
June 7 2011, 7:08 PM
a pelltet is affected more downrange then it is uprange. Here is something I was givien when I was trying to get info on wind here in this forum. Some of the guys here that shoot alot powder burners as well a pellets rifles in wind left me with what I'm going to try and repeat as they gave it to me below...
One key point was that a pellets' flight path is affected most in the first 1/3rd of it's flight down range. If push left the path will stay there until a force greater is able to change the flight of the pellet causing it to change it's direction again. This is in direct contrast to a powder burning round where the velocities are much greater, and the changes that affected the path are in the last 1/3rd of flight for a bullet.
It seems to me to be very simply but straightforward info, and I tend to keep anything that make a lot of sense. This explanation did more than most of the ones I've heard thus far.
I use the same type of wind indicator on all of my rifles. I pay a lot of attention to it on every shot. It only takes a very light wind to move a pellet a lot at 50 yards and beyond. So, if I can see my indicator move, then I hold the appropriate amount to compensate.
I also use other clues that I see and feel when shooting, but my wind indicator is my number one tool for dealing with the wind.
learned alot shooting with the Brits and South Africans....Wind is "the" key factor in this sport IMHO. When your stuff is dialed in and your ballistics program spot on, it gets down to regiment and wind doping your rig. Even at 20 fpe a miss is still a miss. The windicator tool is key, unless you have spectaculous super powers...LOL
I hear ya Carl, I've heard of magic pellets and barrels that exist...
June 9 2011, 3:00 AM
which defy the wind and all accepted ballistics data...but I haven't come across them yet...but am told by many that they are out there, lol!!! Thanks, yeah, I'd imagine those across the pond know a thing or two about shooting in the wind, especially with low power!
Have been learning a bit about the wind...Does not always work, but then I don`t read all sign`s correctly sometimes...Thank`s to the recent coaching Harold gave me last match that may improve. Thank`s Harold...c
Charles. Being tutored by the "Ace" could be considered .......
June 8 2011, 3:46 PM
An unfair advantage by the rest of our struggling class. What"s up with that Dude? You trying to get that title back? Just kidding with ya Charles! I know and most everybody knows you're the guy to beat in the Hunter class. Just put off my double knee replacement till November just to come down dare and shoot with you. The Hunter class has never had a repeat Champion. Might be Mr. Robinson's turn this year and I have learned he is no longer playing with Chinese equipment, or maybe one of the other great shooters among the hunter class. Rumor has it that Johhny I is getting setup for hunter, Would love to see LD and those west coast boys come accross the Mississippi to one of the best venues in the country.
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